The one mystery for me is that I planted these:
And this grew:
I am sure that I am not mistaken. The row was clearly marked and I had planned on that area for what I hoped would be a couple pumpkin plants. Twelve germinated and took over. And now are growing zucchini. Aside from this one, that I wasn't expecting and let grow too large, zucchini are very appreciated. Bummer about no pumpkins but we'll get over that.
These are what made me happiest this week:
My first ripe tomatoes. They made Alex happy too -- as she popped them in her mouth with an excitement most children reserve for gummi bears.
She was also pleased with these:
Yup, that is my ENTIRE pea crop to date this year. Well, it surely never made it to the table -- became part of the mid-afternoon snack tray.
One of the pictures in the montage that is probably not identifiable (it is the picture just after the dandelion) is of my bed of overgrown (and hopefully self seeding) chard. I had planted rainbow chard for a late season harvest last year - and it didn't really "happen". When we returned home in April it was already overgrown and flowering. I let it be and planted new seeds beside it. What you can't see in the photo is that the new plants are beautiful! I lifted the elderly shade off them and found a lovely harvest!
I also picked some baby spinach and some fresh basil for a fabulous salad -- served with a drizzle of walnut oil and some celtic sea salt.
Speaking of dinner, I woke up craving homemade ravioli. But I had no ricotta. A good friend
suggested I make my own using this recipe. Three simple ingredients -- milk heated to 180, vinegar, and salt.
After it curdled for a couple hours, I drained it in cloth lined colander.
I really wish I had a better camera that could take a decent close up! In any case, it was just YUM! Really sweet and good. I mixed with some raw eggs and fresh basil and stuffed it into some homemade pasta pockets.
I sauteed the chard with some garlic in olive oil and Gregg grilled some sausages and we had the salad, for a delicious, garden inspired dinner!
Oh, so what was Gregg doing while I was making fresh pasta and cheese and picking garden goodies? Brewing beer.
I like this picture of what I think is barley.
These are his hops.